Disability Rights activist and longtime Center for Independent Living (CIL) figure Joan Leon on her role in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Berkeley Center for Independent Living, and establishing the World Institute on Disability
In this oral history interview, protester and nondisabled ally Joan Leon talks about her involvement in the 1977 504 Protest. She became involved in the protests while working for the state on the Rehabilitation Act, where she met Ed Roberts. Later, while working at the Center for Independent Living (CIL), she discusses working with Ed Roberts and Judy Heumann and specifically details how she watched Judy develop into a leader during the protest. She also talks about the occasional tension of her role as an able-bodied supporter, noting specifically that she would not stand on the front-lines of protests, because she was not disabled.
- Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability
- Spring 2014
- 1970s; San Francisco Bay Area